The Senate has urged the executive to direct the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity to review age limit for employment.
The move, according to the red chambers would pave way for competent applicants to be gainfully employed by Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
The lawmakers’ resolution followed a motion by Senator Ibrahim Gobir (APC, Sokoto), who expressed concerns that the issue of age limit for employment had prevented many Nigerians from becoming gainfully employed in government agencies.
According to him, the age limit placed on employment by the Federal government has seen many unemployed graduates resort to falsifying their age in order to fall within the age limit for them to be gainfully employed.
“For example, if the age limit is 23, we will now add the 13 or 14 years of embargo on employment to the age already benchmarked for employment so that the age will now be plus 13 because it is the government on its own that placed the embargo on employment,” he said.
Delivering his remarks, Senate President, Ahmad Lawani, urged the ministry to swing into action immediately.
“It is not through a fault of theirs that people are discriminated against. They’ll tell you only 30 years limit, meanwhile someone graduated ten years ago.
“This is a very good motion. I urge the Ministry of Labour and Productivity to swing into action immediately.” He said.